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Monday, March 28, 2011

Definitions for afflatus

  1. A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

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Citations for afflatus
Whatever happened to passion and vision and the divine afflatus in poetry? Clive Hicks, Toronto Star
Aristophanes must have eclipsed them . . . by the exhibition of some diviner faculty, some higher spiritual afflatus. John Addington Symonds, Studies of the Greek Poets
Origin of afflatus
Afflatus is from Latin afflatus, past participle of afflare, "to blow at or breathe on," from ad-, "at" + flare, "to puff, to blow." Other words with the same root include deflate (de-, "out of" + flare); inflate (in-, "into" + flare); soufflé, the "puffed up" dish (from French souffler, "to puff," from Latin sufflare, "to blow from below," hence "to blow up, to puff up," from sub-, "below" + flare); and flatulent.